Is Your Condominium Association Receiving Pushback Over Safety Precautions?

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, your condominium association has no doubt implemented a number of measures to keep community members safe. These measures may have included closing the pool, locking common areas, and preventing people from moving in or out of the building for a period of time. Although measures like these are implemented by board members to keep residents safe, there will always be residents who push back against restrictions they deem to be infringing on their rights. 

Below, we discuss your rights as a condominium board member during this crisis and what you and your fellow board members can do when you receive pushback regarding safety precautions. Remember, you’re doing what you need to do to keep people safe. For assistance approaching difficult situations like these, consult Wise Property Management, Inc., a professional in St. Petersburg condo management

Safety Precautions a Board of Directors Can Implement 

Although condo owners may push back against safety precautions, they should have been made aware of the rules when they purchased their condominium and received copies of the governing documents. Depending on what’s included in your condo association’s governing document, you and your fellow board members should be well within your rights to implement new rules in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, Governor Ron DeSantis just extended Florida’s state of emergency, which grants your condo board emergency powers to make any portion of the condominium unavailable for entry. 

Related: Implementing a COVID-19 Mitigation Strategy in Your Community

Taking a Firm Stance 

Of course, disgruntled condo owners aren’t concerned with rules or governing documents. They may not even be concerned by the pandemic. They’re concerned that they’re being taken advantage of. In their minds, they paid for amenities, such as pools, gyms, and common areas, that they no longer have access to. As with any issue that affects members of your condominium association, it’s important to truly listen to their concerns and respect their frustrations. But unlike other issues, this one leaves little room for compromise. 

Related: How Board Members Should Handle Late Fees Amid Crisis

With Florida looking like the next COVID-19 hotspot, you and your board members should remain firm in your stance on safety precautions. Whatever you decide, ensure that it is in the best interest of all of your members and is in compliance with your governing documents and state law. For any assistance calming disgruntled condo owners and making difficult decisions that will benefit all members of your association, contact the professionals in St. Petersburg condominium management at Wise. 

For more information on one of the best St. Petersburg condo management companies, submit our contact request form.

Disclaimer: This website is not a substitute for legal advice. If you have a serious legal, tax, or other issue requiring professional advice, please consult with an attorney or CPA.

Want To Learn More?

Request more information or a proposal from Wise Property Management today!

Request a Proposal

Understanding Governing Documents: Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions for Florida Condominiums

At Wise Property Management, the leading Wesley Chapel association management company, we understand the importance of the foundation of governing documents in the success of a condominium community. While there are many complex aspects to consider, we have the experience in enhancing these documents and ensuring that all are able to work effectively together in […]

Transparency and Accountability: Why Wise Property Management Prioritizes Open Governance From Your HOA

We are Wise Property Management, the most trusted name for Lakewood Ranch HOA management. We are dedicated to fostering thriving communities for homeowners; our distinctive approach centers around unwavering transparency and accountability, shaping our core values.  Let’s dive into why transparency and accountability matter in property management and how our focus on open governance within […]